Headaches and Migraines Alexandria, VA

Headaches and Migraines

Headaches Getting You Down? Physical Therapy Can Help

Did You Know You Can Find Headache and Migraine Relief with Physical Therapy?

Approximately 80-90% of people across the U.S. endure occasional or frequent tension headaches – so you are not alone. In fact, headaches are the third most commonly reported source of pain across the world. 

While physical therapy isn’t normally someone’s first thought when they have a headache, it can really help. Most of the time, the common reaction is to take some form of pain-relieving medication. 

This may help to relieve pain in the short-term, but if you are constantly suffering from headaches or migraines, pain relief drugs will not provide you with the same long-term effects that physical therapy will. 

A greater majority of headaches are attributed to cervicogenic headaches, meaning that they are related to the neck in some form. 

Poor posture, stress, and other factors can contribute to weakness, strain, and injury to the neck muscles and joints. This pain radiates up into the scalp, side of the head, and even the forehead, depending on the area of the neck involved.

If you are in Alexandria, VA and suffer from headaches, don’t hesitate to contact us. Whether they are acute and temporary or constant and chronic (such as migraines), headaches can all be treated with physical therapy at Solutions Therapy & Sports Medicine. Request your appointment today!

Do you have one of these headaches?

Many people may not know this, but there are actually different types of headaches that all develop from different causes. The three main types of headaches include:

Tension headaches

The most common form of headaches are known as tension headaches. These can occur due to repetitive motions or poor posture in the neck/head. Tension headaches are caused by small muscles at the base of the skull that go into spasm when in response to depression, anxiety, or other stimuli, sending pain signals to the brain and causing your headache. 

Musculoskeletal headaches

Musculoskeletal headaches occur when there are significant amounts of tension in the neck. This is typically a result of physical imbalances, weaknesses, or damage, although emotional tension (such as stress) can also be a contributing factor. A traumatic injury to the neck, such as whiplash, is a common cause of musculoskeletal headaches. With neck injuries such as whiplash, the muscles and connective tissues in the neck can become torn or strained. This can lead to agonizing pain felt in the head, as well as in the face, shoulders, or neck.

Cervicogenic headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are related to neck pain, involving the muscles and upper vertebrae of the neck. These headaches can develop as a result of certain conditions, such as a concussion or arthritis, but work-related strain can also trigger a cervicogenic headache. Professions that require a down-turned motion of the head or neck are the most prone for developing cervicogenic headaches. This may include hairdressers, long-haul drivers, chefs, nail artists, jewelers, etc.

How will I benefit from physical therapy?

If you are suffering from headaches, contact our Alexandria, VA physical therapy office today. At Solutions Therapy & Sports Medicine, we are dedicated to providing you with the best treatments for your headaches. 

At your initial appointment, one of our highly trained physical therapists will conduct a physical evaluation and ask you questions about your health history and symptoms, in order to determine what type of headache you are experiencing and where the pain is stemming from. 

A treatment plan will then be designed specifically for you and your recovery.

Ready to find relief?

To schedule your appointment, contact us today to speak to one of our Alexandria, VA physical therapists.

At Solutions Therapy & Sports Medicine, our treatments for headaches focus on relieving pain, improving posture and strengthening muscles in the neck and upper back. 

These will all help in making your daily life much more comfortable and bearable – without the pain of headaches!

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